Prayer. Do you struggle with it? I always have. I have been confused in the past by its purpose and its effectiveness. I have struggled with how to pray, for what to pray, words, thoughts and feelings. While I think that I still struggle with some of these issues and questions, the Lord has blessed…
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by Justin Leslein The epistle to the Hebrews has often been a source of mystery and disagreement in regards to authorship and intended audience.  Since the first days of circulation, author and audience have been disputed, but early church father Jerome succinctly states the value and validity of Hebrews in AD 414, when he says…
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by Mark Ballard One thing I have found that helps me to meditate on Scripture is to write it down in a different form. For this week’s blog entry, I want to share with you a rhyme/poem that I wrote to help me think deeply upon Psalm 34:9,10. All I need has been given to…
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by Alison Ashley Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about the election lately. And now, decision time has come. As I sat talking with some friends recently, I was struck again by how uneducated I feel about a lot of the issues facing our nation and our world. It can be overwhelming thinking…
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Welcoming Kids into Worship by Robbie Castleman Parenting kids in the pew on Sunday morning isn’t for the faint of heart. Kids are fidgety, distracting and sometimes downright embarrassing. Just ask the parents of the 2-year-old girl who pointed to a picture of Christ and loudly declared, “Jesus has his pajam-jams on!” Or the mom…
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This Sunday we will be learning a new song called “God the Spirit.” The text is by Samuel Stone and was written in 1866; the music, written by Matt Boswell, is from 2010.  We decided to introduce this song after listening to Dr. Richard Pratt speak last Saturday night on how we often neglect the…
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